Return to campus department resources

The latest information can be found on the University's Safe Campus site. Resources for students and faculty can be found below.

Computer Science & Engineering office

To ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and guests, all office staff are working remotely.

Please contact the appropriate staff member as listed below:

  • Front Desk: Questions can be directed to csdesk@umn.edu.
  • Purchasing: Questions should be directed to cspurch@umn.edu.
  • Human Resources: Questions should be directed to cshr@umn.edu.
  • Payroll: Questions should be directed to cspay@umn.edu.
  • Undergraduate Advising: There will be no drop-in advising this fall semester. Students can make appointments online at csci.appointments.umn.edu or email csciug@umn.edu for advising services.
  • Graduate Advising: There will be no drop-in advising this fall semester. Students can make appointments online at csgrad.appointments.umn.edu or email csgradmn@umn.edu for advising services.
  • Not sure who to contact: Email csdesk@umn.edu or call 612-625-4002.

CS&E Sunrise Plan (updated 6/4/21)

As of June 4, 2021, the CS&E Sunrise Plan has been updated and simplified. This reflects the many recent changes to COVID restrictions at the national, state, city and university levels. The details below seek to clarify several points with respect to mask and distancing restrictions across campus and within the department.

  1. For those who are NOT fully vaccinated: Mask use is still required and maintaining 6 feet of distance is still required.
  2. For those who ARE fully vaccinated: Mask use, distancing requirements, and room capacity controls are no longer required and have been removed from the CS&E sunrise plan for research labs.
  3. UMN departments and individual research groups are not allowed to impose their own mask or distancing requirements without formal approval from University Health and Safety (UHS). At this time, the Department of Computer Science & Engineering is not seeking any such approval.
  4. Requesting or requiring proof of vaccination is not allowed. The UMN position is that someone’s vaccination status is personal information. Vaccination status is being handled on an honor system.
  5. Existing research group sunrise plans do not need to be updated or resubmitted.
  6. Submitting sunrise approvals for individual researchers is no longer required.
  7. The UMN position remains that those who can work from home should plan to do so until August 2, when on-site operations will start to resume. Even after August 2, some campus or department level operations may return to normal mode only gradually.
  8. All other department operations will continue unchanged, whether operating remotely or in-person. Any future changes will be announced as campus-wide operations evolve.

As department citizens, it is important for us to remember that some individuals will be uncomfortable or fearful about increased density and have concerns about not knowing the vaccination status of those around them. Regardless of someone’s vaccination status, we need to be respectful of the fact that an individual’s medical, family or household situation may require continued mask use or make them less comfortable with a campus transition of COVID restrictions. Some fully vaccinated people may choose to wear masks and maintain social distancing, but others may not. If someone requests that you wear a mask or keep your distance, please consider that everyone’s comfort level and personal circumstances are different.

Across the entire department we recognize that having a workable social contract and shared understanding around continued protective measures will be beneficial to everyone’s mental health.

Please contact cscispace@umn.edu with any questions of concerns.

Return to campus resources

University of Minnesota COVID and sunrise information

University email updates

CS&E graduate student information

Resources for graduate students

Advising updates

  • Students can make virtual and phone appointments online at csgrad.appointments.umn.edu or email csgradmn@umn.edu for advising services.
  • All drop-in advising has been cancelled until further notice. Advisors will be offering virtual appointments M-F during normal business hours, however, quick advising questions that have normally been addressed during drop-in hours can be sent to csgradmn@umn.edu.
  • To participate in meetings remotely, please be sure to log into Zoom before any scheduled virtual meeting to get comfortable with its features and layout.

Information on scheduled or planned OPE/Thesis Defense/Master’s Plan A or B Defense:

  • Students pursuing a Computer Science Ph.D., Data Science M.S. or Computer Science M.S. plan A or B can still complete their oral presentation by doing so remotely. Zoom is a good option for this and is free to use for all University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff. You are able to schedule a “meeting” and invite your committee. Please let us know if you have difficulty with this process.
  • If you will be delivering a Ph.D. final defense, you should not be doing so in front of a physical audience. The University requires that all such final doctoral defense presentations be made public, you can do so through Zoom or a similar platform.
  • The Graduate School requires that any defense conducted remotely be viewed concurrently by all committee members. This means that you should not record your defense for view by your committee.

Form signatures

  • All students in the computer science or data science graduate program who need to submit a graduate degree plan form can do so electronically. If you have a faculty advisor, they can sign then scan the document to you or to csgradmn@umn.edu. We will take care of the rest.

CS&E Undergraduate Information

Resources for undergraduate students

Advising updates

  • Students can make virtual and phone appointments online at csci.appointments.umn.edu or email csciug@umn.edu for advising services.
  • All drop-in advising has been cancelled until further notice. Advisors will be offering virtual appointments M-F during normal business hours, however, quick advising questions that have normally been addressed during drop-in hours can be sent to csciug@umn.edu.
  • To participate in meetings remotely, please be sure to log into Zoom before any scheduled virtual meeting to get comfortable with its features and layout.

CS&E faculty information